Respiratory Infection

The doctors on SwiftMD can help diagnose and treat respiratory infections. Upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) affecting the upper part of the respiratory tract including the nose, sinuses, pharynx, and larynx. Some examples of URTI  are the common cold, rhinitis, sinus infection, and laryngitis. They generally include symptoms ranging from nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, scratchy or sore throat, headaches, fever, and mucus production. URTIs are one of the most common reasons for doctor visits and the most common reason for missing school or work. URTIs re contagious and most often caused by self-limiting viral infections, although occasionally bacterial infections may cause URTI. Most resolve in 7-10days, but occasionally symptoms can linger.

Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) are infections affecting the lower portion of the respiratory tract, including the trachea, primary bronchi and the lungs. Symptoms of LRTIs include shortness of breath, weakness, fever, coughing and fatigue. Common LRTIs include bronchitis, pneumonia and bronchiolitis. Influenza and flue can affect both the upper and lower respiratory tract. Generally, LRTI tends to be more serious conditions than URTI.

Regular hand washing, covering the face while coughing or sneezing and avoiding sharing food or beverages with infected people can help limit the spread of infection.

When to use SwiftMD

If you suspect that you have a URTI but your symptoms persist, a doctor can help identify if your URTI is something more serious or is exacerbated by external conditions or an underlying medical condition. Several conditions can resemble URTIs in terms of symptoms including asthma, pneumonia, allergic reactions, acute HIV infection and influenza, but require different treatment plans. With SwiftMD your doctor will do a full evaluation, including a detailed medical history and examine you in the full context of your home environment to identify an accurate diagnosis and an effective treatment plan for you.

If you suspect that you may have a URTI or LRTI don’t wait to seek treatment. Book a house call with SwiftMD today.

Seek emergency medical attention if:

  • Your symptoms are severe
  • You have difficulty breathing or rapid breathing
  • You have severe chest pain or severe chest tightness
  • You are experiencing severe wheezing

Virus

The swiftMD can help diagnose and treat viruses. Viruses re not technically alive as they cannot replicate on their own. To reproduce they must infect a host cell of an organism. Once inside a host organism’s cell a virus will take over the cell in order to reproduce.

Viruses cause several infectious diseases in humans from the common cold, influenza, warts, to more serious diseases including HIV/AIDS, Ebola and Zika.

Vaccines are biological agents that provide immunity to specific diseases.  Vaccines are the most effective method of protection against certain viruses including measles, mumps, rubella, influenza, human papillomavirus and chickenpox. For most viral infections the course of treatment usually includes treating the symptoms of the infection while waiting for the immune system to fight the virus. However, viral infections such as HIV need to be managed with antiretroviral drugs for life.

Ear Infection

The doctors on SwiftMD can help diagnose and treat ear infections. An ear infection(acute otitis media) occurs when fluid builds up in the rea behind the eardrum and then becomes infected. Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria infections, but they can also be caused by viruses.

For most adults, the fluid that enters the middle ear area typically drains on its own through a narrow tube that connects the middle ear to the back of the nose and throat. In adults, the tube angles vertically, which makes it less likely for fluid to become trapped. Children are more prone to ear infections because their tubes are angled horizontally so fluid has a harder time draining from the middle ear.

Common symptoms of ear infections include

  • Ear pain
  • Fever of 38degrees Celsius
  • Fluid drainage from the ear
  • Headache
  • Tugging at the ear
  • Temporary reduction in hearing
  • Change in balance
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability and crying

Because symptoms of an ear infection can also indicate many other conditions, its important to seek medical attention to get an accurate diagnosis and ensure proper treatment. If you suspect your child might have an ear infection which is accompanied by a fever of over 38 degrees don’t hesitate to book doctors house call with SwiftMD. A doctor can perform a complete thorough examination, including a full check of your child’s ears, nose and throat, and determine if your child’s symptoms indicate an ear infection.

After an examination, your child’s doctor will provide a comprehensive treatment plan and tips for managing pain and other symptoms.

If your child is suffering from symptoms of an ear infection, book a house call with a licensed primary care doctor with SwiftMD.

Sore Throat

The doctors on SwiftMD can help diagnose and treat a sore throat.  Most sore throats are usually caused by Group A Streptococcus bacteria that usually result in pain and inflammation. Strep throat is most common in children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old, but it can occur in adults as well. It’s contagious and most often spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing, saliva and touching open sores on the skin caused by Group A Strep.

Common symptoms of  strep throat include:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes on the neck
  • Swollen, red tonsils
  • Petechiae on the roof of the mouth

The best way to prevent contracting strep throat is by wishing your hands thoroughly and often with an antibacterial soap.  You should also avoid sharing food and utensils with potentially infected people and ensure that you cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.

Other infectious agents and conditions can cause similar symptoms to strep throat, including but not limited to viruses, allergens and environmental irritants. Because a sore throat is a symptom of many conditions, it’s important to confirm your diagnosis with a licensed healthcare professional, to ensure prompt and effective treatment.

In a SwiftMD house call, your doctor will perform a thorough physical exam, including a detailed medical history. If your doctor deems it necessary they will order a throat culture to confirm the diagnosis.  If you do have strep throat your doctor will determine a thorough treatment plan to help you feel better and protect others from contracting your infection. If the doctor deems it necessary, they may prescribe antibiotics.

If you suspect you might have strep throat, request a doctor

Sprains and strains

Sprains and strains are common injuries resulting from activities such as sports, walking or running on an uneven surface and slips and falls. They typically have similar symptoms but result from damage to different parts of the body.

Common symptoms of sprains and strains include:

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Limited mobility in the affected area
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Spasms

Treatment of sprains and strains typically follows the PRICE principle:

P – Protect the injured area

R – Restrict activity

I – Apply Ice

C – Apply compression in the form of a bandage or brace

E – Elevate the affected area

There are different degrees of sprains and strains, depending on the severity of the injury. Because of the varying degrees of sprains and strains, its important to seek medical attention to prevent exacerbating your injury and to determine the appropriate course of treatment.

The doctor can perform a thorough exam and assess the extent of your injury. Your doctor will then provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan, outlining the next steps for treatment, including how to best help the injury heal and manage your pain.

If your doctor deems it necessary, he may write a referral for imaging or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment. If a doctor determines you require imaging, SwiftMD support will follow up to ensure that your imaging order is sent to an appropriate facility and to ensure you make an appointment.

If you suspect you have a sprain or strain, book a doctor’s house call with SwiftMD and have a licensed primary care doctor come to your home on your schedule.

Rash

A rash often called dermatitis is an area of irritated, inflamed skin that is sometimes red, itchy and can be painful.

There are many different types of dermatitis which can be caused by many different sources including allergens and irritants, skin infections and genetic conditions. A few of the most common rashes include contact dermatitis, nummular dermatitis and atopic dermatitis.

A licensed primary care doctor can assess your rash, provide a diagnosis and determine the appropriate protocol for treatment and prevention of further skin irritation. Your doctor can also determine if your rash is a symptom of an undiagnosed, untreated, underlying condition and provide a comprehensive treatment plan to address the root of your symptoms.  Where necessary a SwiftMD can write a referral letter to see a dermatologist (skin specialist).

If you have a rash that concerns you book a SwiftMD house call.  

Vomiting

Vomiting or emesis is the body’s way of forcefully expelling the contents of the stomach through the mouth to protect itself from toxins or pathogens. Vomiting is typically treated by getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated. If vomiting wait at least six hours before you eat solid food and stick to bland, easily digested foods such as tea and toast.  

Many varied conditions can cause vomiting, including but not limited to:

  • Viral gastroenteritis
  • Certain medications
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Motion sickness
  • Rotavirus
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Diabetes ketoacidosis
  • Ear infection
  • Food poisoning
  • Toxin ingestion

Because vomiting is a symptom of so many conditions its important to seek medical attention if you experience vomiting for more than two days as an adult of longer than 24hours for a child. Book a house call with SwiftMD and get examined by a licenced primary care doctor.

***In some instances, vomiting can be a sign of a more serious, life-threatening condition. Seek immediate medical attention by going to the emergency room if your vomiting is accompanied by

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Fecal matter of blood present in the vomit
  • Chest pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Severe dehydration

Urinary Tract Infection

A urinary tract infection is an infection of the urinary system which consists of the kidney, ureter, bladder and urethra.

Common symptoms of UTI include:

  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Frequent and or intense urge to urinate
  • Unpleasant urine odor
  • Urine that is cloudy of red-tinged
  • Back or side pain
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

UTIs are typically caused by bacteria that are most often found in the bowel. Certain people are at high risk of developing urinary tract infections including:

  • Postmenopausal women
  • Women who use certain types of birth control including diaphragms
  • Women who are sexually active
  • People with kidney stones
  • Men with an enlarged prostates
  • Pregnancy

Although certain groups of people are more prone to UTIs, there are steps everyone can take to help prevent them including:

  • Wiping from front to back after a bowel movement
  • Not waiting too long to pass urine
  • Managing chronic conditions such as diabetes
  • Drinking plenty of water every day
  • Urinating after sexual intercourse
  • Eating a healthy diet to prevent conditions such s kidney stones
  • Knowing which foods to eat and avoid when you have a UTI

Untreated UTIs can cause damage to the kidneys and other parts of the body. Also if you are pregnant an untreated UTI could cause pregnancy complications including premature labour. Given these risks, if you are experiencing symptoms of UTI it is important to seek medical attention.

If you are prone to recurrent UTIs book an appointment with a SwiftMD. The doctor may elect to perform an additional test or simply offer guidance for minimizing your chances of contracting repeat infections.

Muscle & Joint Injury

Muscles and joints work hard to accomplish the many movements we make with our bodies everyday, including walking, running, lifting, carrying and typing. With everything the human body does in a typical day over time, muscle or joint injuries are inevitable for most people. Additionally, many people struggle with chronic genetic and or autoimmune conditions that affect their muscles and joints.

Several injuries and diseases can result in damage to and pain in the muscles and joints, including but not limited to:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Polymyalgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendinitis
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Muscle spasm
  • Runners’s knee

Treatment of muscle and joint injuries varies depending on the types, cause and severity of the injury but often begins with the PRICE principle to minimize pain, additional tissue damage and assist in the healing process:

P – Protect the injured area

R – Restrict activity

I – Apply Ice

C – Apply compression in the form of a bandage or brace

E – Elevate the affected area

Because of the varying degree, types and causes of muscle and joint injuries. Its important to seek medical attention to prevent exacerbating your injury and to determine the appropriate course of treatment.

The doctor can perform a thorough exam and assess the extent of your injury. Your doctor will then provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan, outlining the next steps for treatment, including how to best help the injury heal and manage your pain.

If your doctor deems it necessary, he may write a referral for imaging or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment. If a doctor determines you require imaging, SwiftMD support will follow up to ensure that your imaging order is sent to an appropriate facility and to ensure you make an appointment.

If you suspect you have a muscle or joint injury, book a doctor’s house call with SwiftMD and have a licensed primary care doctor come to your home on your schedule.

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